SAFFORD — The first week of June saw arrests for drug possession, DUI and felony shoplifting.
Possession of a dangerous drug
Around 8:30 Monday night, June 3, a Safford officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a broken rear license plate lamp shield. The driver, later identified as Eric Lopez, stopped just inside Thunderbird Mobile Home Park. Lopez allegedly admitted his driver’s license was suspended, adding that he was a convicted felon and on pretrial services. The officer observed a knife in the vehicle; Lopez said it was for work.
After Lopez consented to a vehicle search, a broken meth pipe was reportedly found inside his car. According to the police report, Lopez initially denied having anything else, then said the officer might check his pocket. The officer reportedly found a clear plastic seal containing methamphetamine in Lopez’s pocket. A further search of the car found a marijuana grinder. Lopez allegedly said the grinder and meth pipe were not his.
Lopez reportedly admitted using meth that morning. Another Safford officer conducted field sobriety tests, which reportedly showed signs of impairment. Lopez was taken to the Police Department for a blood draw, then booked into the Graham County Jail for possession of a dangerous drug, aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.
As officers were with Lopez, a woman wanted in two felony shoplifting cases was arrested after a reported domestic incident. According to a police report, a probationer identified as Ashley Gentile was released from jail Monday evening and went to a residence where she became disruptive.
A male subject at the residence then reportedly drove her to the Mount Graham Safe House, where she started yelling at him after she was denied access. Gentile then walked away, and was located by police walking east on Relation Street. She was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police discovered she was wanted in the shoplifting cases. Gentile was booked into the jail on all three charges.